1Philip went down to the city of Samaria and proclaimed to them the Christ.
2And the crowds with one accord paid attention to what was being said by Philip when they heard him 3and saw the signs that he did.
For 4unclean spirits, crying out with a loud voice, came out of many who had them, and many who were paralyzed or lame were healed.
So 5there was much joy in that city.
But there was a man named Simon, 6who had previously practiced magic in the city and amazed the people of Samaria, 7saying that he himself was somebody great.
They all paid attention to him, from the least to the greatest, saying, 8"This man is the power of God that is called 9Great."
And they paid attention to him because for a long time he had 10amazed them with his magic.
But when 11they believed Philip as he preached good news 12about the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ, 13they were baptized, both men and women.
Even Simon himself believed, and after being baptized he continued with Philip. And 14seeing signs and 15great miracles performed, 16he was amazed.
Now when 17the apostles at Jerusalem heard that 18Samaria had received the word of God, they sent to them Peter and John,
who came down and prayed for them 19that they might receive the Holy Spirit,
for 20he had not yet 21fallen on any of them, but 22they had only been baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.
Then 23they laid their hands on them and 24they received the Holy Spirit.
Now when Simon saw that the Spirit was given through the laying on of the apostles' hands, he offered them money,
saying, "Give me this power also, so that anyone on whom I lay my hands may receive the Holy Spirit."
But Peter said to him, 25"May your silver perish with you, because you thought you could obtain the gift of God 26with money!
You have neither part nor lot in this matter, for 27your heart is not right before God.
Repent, therefore, of this wickedness of yours, and pray to the Lord that, 28if possible, the intent of your heart may be forgiven you.
For I see that you are in 29the gall of bitterness and in 30the bond of iniquity."
And Simon answered, 31"Pray for me to the Lord, that nothing of what you have said may come upon me."
Now when they had testified and spoken the word of the Lord, they returned to Jerusalem, 32preaching the gospel to many villages of the Samaritans.
Now 33an angel of the Lord said to Philip, "Rise and go toward the south to the road that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza." This is a desert place.
And he rose and went. And there was an 34Ethiopian, a 35eunuch, a court official of Candace, queen of the Ethiopians, 36who was in charge of all her treasure. 37He had come to Jerusalem to worship
and was returning, seated in his chariot, and he was reading the prophet Isaiah.
And the Spirit said to Philip, "Go over and join this chariot."
So Philip ran to him and heard him reading Isaiah the prophet and asked, "Do you understand what you are reading?"
And he said, 38"How can I, unless someone 39guides me?" And 40he invited Philip to come up and sit with him.
Now the passage of the Scripture that he was reading was this: 41"Like a sheep he was led to the slaughter and like a lamb before its shearer is silent, so he opens not his mouth.
In his 42humiliation justice was denied him. Who can describe his generation? For his life is taken away from the earth."
And the eunuch said to Philip, "About whom, I ask you, does the prophet say this, about himself or about someone else?"
Then Philip opened his mouth, and 43beginning with this Scripture 44he told him the good news about Jesus.
And as they were going along the road they came to some water, and the eunuch said, "See, here is water! 45What prevents me from being baptized?"
And he commanded the chariot to stop, and they both went down into the water, Philip and the eunuch, and he baptized him.
And when they came up out of the water, 46the Spirit of the Lord 47carried Philip away, and the eunuch saw him no more, and went on his way rejoicing.
But Philip found himself at Azotus, and as he passed through he preached the gospel to all the towns until he came to Caesarea.